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Gun controversy lost on new shooting stars

While adults take sides on the propriety and safety of firearms, competitive marksmanship is a growing draw for children and teens who find satisfaction in the discipline a bull’s-eye requires.

NORTHBOROUGH — The present resting under the Christmas tree for 10-year-old Rio Ferguson last year was a mystery. Carefully wrapped in cream-colored paper adorned with black-and-gold game animals, the rectangular box could have contained any number of toys or games.

But when Rio and his mother played their traditional holiday game of guessing what was inside the holiday gifts, he got it right: “It’s a gun! A real gun!”

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